Sunday, 3 January 2016
Sunday Stitches: A Liberty Owl
It has been ages (years in fact!) since I dusted off my doll making patterns and stitched a softie. This Sunday a bit of creative time was in order, and I decided to make an Owl.
The longest part was choosing the fabrics and coordinating the prints. Given the fact her entire body and ensemble was chosen around a Liberty of London print that Ally sent me, I think this explains all the procrastination and meticulous consideration.
I love making dolls and softies so much because of the wardrobe part. Putting together the tiny outfits and accessories is one of the best bits. And making the face. The face takes awhile because without a good face, you don't have a good doll. I hope I did this little owl justice. I have decided to call her Liberty, due to the amount of time spent on fabric auditions to match the precious print.
I wanted the fabrics I used to reflect the quality of the liberty, so I used Cambridge Lawn for her sleeves on her blouse. I didn't have enough to make the entire thing in the floral. Tiny pom-poms were a must to add a touch of detail on the hem! Her pinafore is a gorgeous Robert Kaufman chambray that is a joy to work with. I added a super lightweight tulle as a pretty overlay and trimmed the hem in some lace from my stash.
The buttons are handmade by a woodworker at my local markets. There is something special about that isn't there? I used a beautiful linen look cotton shirting for her body, it has a wonderful texture but wasn't too bulky to use for her limbs. I'm very pleased with the finish. Her little ears and face are 100% wool felt that I have had in my stash for awhile, it really is worth sourcing the good stuff when it comes to felt! I usually embroider the eyes but decided to test my patience and cutting skills by drawing up a thickly lashed felt version, which I hand stitched own because the machine wouldn't have done a good job,
Lastly, a girl needs her accessories and after stuffing around with an elastic headband, I decided on a fabric headwrap to balance her outfit. I am constantly amazed how much those little black and white polka dots brighten a project up!
All in all I am pretty happy with my little Liberty owl, she took the best part of a Sunday to make but I think the results speak for themselves.
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